Queen Square Exhibition

In 2015, an Embroidered Minds exhibition was specially created for the Queen Square Library and Archive in their museum space.

The exhibition explored the mysterious connections between between 19th-century neurologist William Gowers (who practised at the National Hospital in Queen Square) and the Morrises. The Morris family home, studio and showroom stood adjacent to the hospital for 17 years when it became the first medical establishment specially devoted to the study of neurolgical conditions and epilepsy in particular.

The exhibition, launched for the Gowers’ celebration at the History of Neurology and Psychiatry Symposium, weaved art by Gowers with the artists’ current work and specially written short stories.


Silvering The Cerebrum

‘...a virtuoso performance and collaboration.’
Gill Hedley, curator and writer on the contemporary visual arts; chair of ‘Silvering the Cerebrum’ symposium at The National Hospital Queen Square

For Silvering the Cerebrum in 2016, an event where artists, scientists and members of the public discussed the relationship between art and medicine, Leslie Forbes and Sue Ridge presented a short play about Embroidered Minds. The theme was William Morris’s decision to express his creativity instead of entirely suppressing it with drugs: a brave choice, because it is likely that he had learned how intense ‘expression’ could trigger [his] seizures, as it does for many writers and artists who suffer from epilepsy. Leslie was one of them.


Sex, Drugs and Epilepsy

A talk held at Kelmscott House for the William Morris Society

With visuals from the Embroidered Minds exhibition at Queen Square, Leslie Forbes, Jan Marsh and Sue Ridge discussed the project and collaboration together with questions about epilepsy and the Morrises still relevant today.